Punaluu County Beach Park campground is located next to one of the famous black sand beaches in on the Big Island of Hawaii. Punaluu’s black sand beach is one of the few remaining in Hawaii, and is an amazing site, especially if you can catch a glimpse of the Honu (sea turtles) that beach themselves in the black sand.

While Punaluu is a “beach park”, you are not camping on sand, all of the campsites are situated in grassy areas just above the tide pools and the ocean. There are only a handful of campsites at Punaluu County Beach Park, but all include access to bathrooms, running water and shade/wind ramadas.

Punaluu County Beach Park – Bottom Line

Punaluu County Beach Park is scenic and beautiful, but is not a place that we would go out of our way to camp at, if we were traveling from the mainland to the Big Island. The campground is shared with the day use area, and is right next to the busy parking lot. Additionally, the wind is often VERY strong and constant at Punaluu, which can make for camping (or event day use) experience that can try your patience. While Punaluu has the black sand beach, it is not a great beach for swimming due to the rockiness of the beach and strong under currents.

We would recommend stoping here, seeing the beach and sea turtles, but camp elsewhere.

Punaluu County Beach Park Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites:
Cost: $5/Night/Adult
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed:
Fire Rings: Campfires not allowed
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Outdoor Showers
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: No
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: None
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 19.133935,-155.505349
Nearest City/Town: Kau, Hawaii
Elevation: 10 Feet
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 12 miles to Honomu, Hawaii
Directions: Hwy. 11, 27 miles south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park between mile markers 55 and 56


Phone: Facebook:
Web: Hawaii County Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Hawaii County Parks (Must Call for reservations)

When To Go

Anytime – Since the campground is rarely at full capacity and the temperature is moderate and does not fluctuate in either direction, there is not a best time of year to go to Punaluu County Beach Park.

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What To Do

Black Sand Beach – Check out the adjacent black sand beach and the sea turtles. Do not try and touch the sea turtles.

Volcanos – Punaluu is about 30 miles away from Volcanos National Park, which is an amazing site, and worth the trip.

Image Credits: Justin Wilson

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